People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Floress, Kristin ; Shwom, Rachael ; Caggiano, Holly ; Slattery, Jacob ; Cuite, Cara ; Schelly, Chelsea ; Halvorsen, Kathleen E.; Lytle, William 2022. Habitual food, energy, and water consumption behaviors among adults in the United States: Comparing models of values, norms, and identity. Energy Research & Social Science
- Hines, Andy ; Baldwin, Bes P.; Bengston, David N.; Crabtree, Jason ; Christensen, Keri ; Frankowski, Nina ; Schlehuber, Laura ; Westphal, Lynne M.; Young, Lena 2021. Monitoring Emerging Issues: A Proposed Approach and Initial Test. World Futures Review
- Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M.; Dockry, Michael J.; Crabtree, Jason 2021. A "serious game" to explore alternative forestry futures. Journal of Forestry. 5 p.
- Grove, Morgan ; Lehnen, Joe ; Repka, Marisa ; Carroll, Jeff ; Divine, Kari ; Paul, Scott ; Fernholz, Katie ; Freeman, Steve ; Fisher, Cherie ; Hines, Sarah ; Rodbell, Phil 2021. Urban wood roundtable. City Trees: Journal of the Society of Municipal Arborists
- Yemshanov, Denys ; Haight, Robert G.; Liu, Ning ; Rempel, Robert S.; Koch, Frank H.; Rodgers, Art 2021. Balancing Large-Scale Wildlife Protection and Forest Management Goals with a Game-Theoretic Approach. Forests
- Lytle, William ; Schelly, Chelsea ; Floress, Kristin ; Shwom, Rachael L.; Halvorsen, Kathleen E. 2021. Environmental Decision-Making Shaped by the Home: Situating Consumption in the Household. Human Ecology Review
- Haight, Robert G.; Kinsley, Amy C.; Kao, Szu-Yu ; Yemshanov, Denys ; Phelps, Nicholas B. D. 2021. Optimizing the location of watercraft inspection stations to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. Biological Invasions
- Baumflek, Michelle ; Kassam, Karim-Aly ; Ginger, Clare ; Emery, Marla R. 2021. Incorporating Biocultural Approaches in Forest Management: Insights from a Case Study of Indigenous Plant Stewardship in Maine, USA and New Brunswick, Canada. Society & Natural Resources
- Rigolon, Alessandro ; Banerjee, Debolina ; Gobster, Paul ; Hadavi, Sara ; Stewart, William 2021. Transferring Vacant Lots to Private Ownership Improves Care and Empowers Residents. Journal of the American Planning Association
- Yemshanov, Denys ; Haight, Robert G.; Liu, Ning ; Rempel, Rob ; Koch, Frank H.; Rodgers, Art 2021. Exploring the tradeoffs among forest planning, roads and wildlife corridors: a new approach. Optimization Letters
Last Modified: 06/07/2016